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You’ve Completed Your Certificate III, IV Or Diploma – Now What?

0 Comments   Posted: 06/05/15   by Luke Imbong


    So, you have completed your Certificate or Diploma qualification…? Many students ask now what…? If you are not already in the workforce creating a well thought-out resume is your key to the best employment prospects and a way to keep ahead of the job market.

    Many people only make minute and simple mistakes; however these cost many people a job offer and can easily be avoided. I have created the following on what I think is imperative to have on your resume as well as a list of things you should avoid.

    Before I begin, it is important to tailor your resume to your employer. Sending out one generic application is highly unlikely to every get a response!

    1. Personal Details

    Include your full name and address (including postal address). Also include your contact phone and email address (a professional email – if you don’t have one, make one!).

    Additionally, if the add requests, list your citizenship or work visa to ensure you are not overlooked. However, do not include personal information that you could be discriminated by.

    This includes:
    Date of birth
    Political views

    2. Career Objective

    This should be one sentence (tailored to your prospective job) and outline specifically what you want for your career.

    3. Education And Training Course Qualifications

    List all relevant education and training courses you have completed. The key word here is relevant! If you are, for example, going for an OH&S position, your employer probably isn’t going to care that you have say a science degree – they will be most interested in your previous involvement in occupational health and safety, any workplaces where you have been a safety officer representative or any relevant training such as holding aCertificate IV or Diploma of OH&S. Again, tailoring your resume to the job you seek.

    List the course dates and full name (including the relevant code in case your employer wants to find out more).

    Also list the educational institution where you completed your qualification and units involved that are specific to the job.

    E.G. Cert IV TAE Student

    2011 – 2012
    Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
    Inspire Education
    BSBCMM401A Make a Presentation -Ideal as the position includes presentations for a range of purposes, such as marketing, training and promotions. I have developed my communication skills in presenting concepts and ideas to broad audiences.

    E.G. Child Care Diploma Student

    2010 – 2012
    Diploma of Children’s Services (CHC50908)
    Inspire Education
    CHCORG506D Co-ordinate the Work Environment – Ideal for supervisory and coordinating positions within work groups and community service organisations.

    * I suggest taking JP certified copies of any qualifications to any interviews. This shows you are well prepared and think ahead – as most employers will want proof of qualifications for legal reasons.

    4. Employment History

    Within your employment history you should list your employment in reverse chronological order, detailing your most recent profession. Usually includejobs from the previous five or so years – unless you have been with the same employer for a significantly long period of time!

    Alternatively, if you have had a lot of jobs try to include the ones relevant to your prospective employer – they will value this more than a meaningless list of irrelevant and short experience.

    Include the dates you worked, your job title and organisations name as well as your main tasks and responsibilities and any achievements worth mentioning.

    5. Skills And Community Work

    If you have undertaken any community and volunteer work, this is the perfect opportunity to list it – particularly if it serves as work experience or relates strongly to your career objectives and prospective employers.

    Regarding skills, list only those specific to the job including generic skills. If the job advertisement calls for a team-worker, list that you are a team worker!

    6. Training And Education Achievements

    These are generally targeted at school and university aged students who may have various scholarships or awards. However, if you are in a sales role you may include your KPI’s and budgets as a way for your employer to gauge how you might fit into their organisation.

    7. Interests

    These should be very short and generally add the finishing touches to the ‘picture’ the reader paints of you. They may include sporting or community activity.

    However, in saying this they must be tailored to your position. If you are going for an executive role it is unlikely that this would be on a resume.

    8. Referees

    Your referees should be placed last on your resume and include:

    The name
    Job title
    Organisation they work for
    Contact phone
    Contact email.

    These people should be able to comment on your behaviours within the academic of employment setting. It also important to get their approval before listing them as a referee – you want them to be prepared for a phone call.

    Things To Remember:

    1. Keep your resume short and sweet – your employer usually won’t go past the first page or two!
    2. You opportunity to impress is in the cover letter – so highlight your most outstanding skills and achievements here.
    3. Spell check and proof read your document to avoid grammatical errors.
    4. Keep the font plain and write in plain English (no abbreviations!).
    5. Use headings and lots of ‘white space’ for a well formatted document.
    6. No photos!
    7. Bullet points are handy in creating “white space” they make the resume more readable than long winded sentences.
    8. Most of all, you are trying to sell yourself so without ‘resume padding’ create the best possible outline of yourself possible!

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